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Douglas H. Cook, J.D.
Senior Associate DeanProfessor, Government & Criminal Justice757.352.4331More about Douglas H. Cook, J.D.

Douglas H. Cook, J.D.


Senior Associate Dean Doug Cook was born and raised in Ohio and earned his J.D. with honors from The Ohio State University College of Law. After practicing law in Arizona, he moved to Virginia Beach in 1987 to join the College of Law & Government faculty at CBN University, now Regent University. Cook taught and researched in the areas of tort law, nonprofit organizations, contracts, criminal law, and commercial law. He served as associate dean for Academic Affairs for the law school from 1999 to 2014.

In 2014, Cook joined the university’s Office of Academic Affairs as associate vice president, remaining there until 2019 when he transitioned to the College of Arts & Sciences. The Robertson School of Government is now honored to have Cook serve as its senior associate dean in addition to his faculty position in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Cook also has a part-time law practice with Davis Law Group in Chesapeake, Virginia. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Carole; they have four children and 12 grandchildren. Cook enjoys hiking, running, yard work, and travel.


J.D., with honors, Ohio State University College of Law

B.A., magna cum laude, Miami University


Books and Monographs

Cases and Materials on Nonprofit, Tax-exempt Organizations (1992 and Supp. 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996) (2d ed. 1997).

Journal Articles and Notes

A Faith-Based Perspective on Tort Causation, 16 St. Thomas L. Rev. 455 (2004)

The Politically-Active Church, 35 Loyola-Chicago L. J. 457 (2004)

Sir William Blackstone: A Life and Legacy Set Apart for God's Work, 13 Regent U. L. Rev. 169 (2000)

Cases and Materials on Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Organizations, Lupus Publications Ltd., 1992 (Second Edition 1999)

A Day in the Life of Tort Law, 49 Maine L. Rev. 111 (1997).

Does a Minister Have Legal Rights? Pulpit Digest, July/August 1997, at 81 (co-authored with Carroll D. Stevens)

Personal Responsibility and the Law of Torts, 45 Am. U. L. Rev. 1245 (1996).

Can the Car Battery Be Charged? Intentional Torts Under Automobile No-Fault Statutes, 12 Cooley L. Rev. 163 (1995).

How I Spent My Sabbatical, or What Happens When a Torts Professor is a Juror in a Negligence Case , 14 Rev. Litig. 219 (1994), reprinted in 44 Def. L. J. 707 (1995).

Negligence or Strict Liability? A Study In Biblical Tort Law, 13 Whittier L. Rev. 1 (1992).

Tort Liability for Cult Deprogramming, 43 Ohio St. L.J. 465 (1982).

Newspaper and Periodical Articles

Does a Minister Have Legal Rights? , (co-authored with Carroll D. Stevens) Pulpit Digest (July/Aug. 1997).


Christian Legal Society